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Public Health Sciences @ the Library

Public Health Sciences @ the Library is a service available to medical and nursing students, BIMS students, residents, nurses and other clinicians, lab personnel, and anyone in the Health System who could benefit from such service for their work or studies. This service is intended to address questions about research methods and statistics of a basic and introductory nature and is not an effort to reproduce more substantive and comprehensive research collaborations or research methodologies currently available within the Health System. Requests beyond the scope of this service will be referred to other University resources when appropriate.

Drop in hours are Monday - Friday 12:00 – 4:00pm - visit us just outside Room 1212 on the lower level of the Health Sciences Library. Note: The second Monday of the month PHS @ The Library is staffed from 1:00 – 4:00pm PHS @ the Library staff are not available during University holidays. See

We are happy to assist you with the following questions: 

Basic data collection and management

  • What is my research question?
  • How do I collect and store this data most effectively? 
  • How do I encode the data to make it most useful for downstream analysis?
  • What university infrastructure resources are available for me to handle this (SAS, SPSS, GIS, etc.. )?
  • How would I design, conduct, and analyze a chart review for about 100 patients?
  • How do I arrange a consultation on clinical database creation and management?

Basic biomedical and science statistical questions

  • How do I analyze this data?
  • How do I calculate what sample size I need? 
  • How do I know what statistical test or model is most appropriate with this data?
  • What assumptions must I satisfy to use this test or model appropriately?
  • What software can I use to do this analysis?
  • How do I learn to use this software?
  • How would one interpret these results?